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Burroughs Algol at Stanford University, 1960-1963
Oct.-Dec. 2013 (vol. 35 no. 4)
pp. 69-73
Robert Braden, Inf. Sci. Inst., Univ. of Southern California, Marina Del Rey, CA, USA
The decade between 1955 and 1965 brought a revolution to academic computing, both technologically and socially. As core memory replaced electrostatic memory while transistors replaced vacuum tubes, computers advanced from flakey and difficult-to-maintain devices to reliable appliances. At the same time (and partially as a consequence), the academic use of computing expanded rapidly, computing centers became increasingly essential facilities on every campus, and computer science began to gain acceptance as a legitimate academic discipline. This Anecdote recounts the author's experience during this dramatic shift in academic computing at Stanford University during the period between 1960 and 1963. It also records a chapter in the early development of compiler design and programming technology.
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Robert Braden, "Burroughs Algol at Stanford University, 1960-1963," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 69-73, Oct.-Dec. 2013, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2013.45
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